Category Archives: Aesthetics

So Many Misnomers

Welcome to another dot game optional sidequest! This sidequest relates to the main quest of The Videogame Misnomer, Part 1 Today we’re going to explore how the names of every major artform you’ve ever heard of are all somehow lacking! To begin:

The most blatant example is undoubtedly comics. The actual definition of comics has been difficult to pin down, though perhaps 70% of the work was done by Scott McCloud in his seminal Understanding Comics; nevertheless, almost everyone who ever lived is agreed that they don’t really have to be comic, i.e.… Read the rest

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The Videogame Misnomer, Part 1

Definition and categorization have got to be some of the most-discussed issues that fall under the umbrella of aesthetics, or the philosophy of art, in regards to videogames. On the one side, we have gamers defending against allegations from folks like Roger Ebert that videogames aren’t art; on the other, we have gamers declaring (often without support) that videogames like Dear Esther and Bientot L’ete aren’t “games” at all.… Read the rest

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